Syracuse PD Stands Behind Cops Who Detained 8-12 months-Outdated in Viral Video

In an April 18 video that has now garnered greater than 6.1 million views, social media was outraged to see white officers detaining an 8-year-old Black boy over allegedly stealing a bag of chips.

The Syracuse Police Division and Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh held a information convention Thursday to disclose physique cam footage and reply in regards to the excessive approach the officers positioned the kid behind the police cruiser, which happened noon on April 17.

Police had been responding to a larceny in progress at a neighborhood greenback basic within the northside of Syracuse once they got here throughout the youngsters that had been accountable a block away.

A bystander, Kenneth Jackson, started filming the now-viral video of the cops grabbing the kid from his bike utilizing extreme pressure.

“I felt his terror and determined to intervene,” Jackson mentioned to NBC affiliate WSTM. “There’s a approach that the police must work together with children, and what they did that day was utterly unacceptable.”

In numerous angles of the incident, Sgt. Mark Rusin performed 5 totally different physique cam clips on the information convention, totaling about quarter-hour of video of the three officers concerned. 

The footage revealed their familiarity with the youngsters they encountered, referring to them by first identify. In line with Rusin, the cops knew the youngsters from prior interactions coping with repeated petty thefts.

“They knew the place he lived, they knew his mother and father. And once they took the kid dwelling, they took the time to have interaction with that father, with that little one, along with his siblings and speak about what went on,” mentioned First Deputy Police Chief Joe Cecile

“Of us, that is group policing 101. It’s what each citizen is asking from our police division — group policing — and it’s what we ask the officers to do as properly. Know your territory, know the residents in your territory, whether or not they’re the adults or the youngsters,” the newly instated chief continued.

Ceclie took over Syracuse PD as a result of Police Chief Kenton Buckner having resigned simply days after the video surfaced on-line. 

Anthony Weah, the 8-year-old’s father, accused the officers of utilizing extreme pressure. Per, Weah is struggling to handle his sick spouse whereas working and elevating his three kids. He instructed authorities he merely wanted some sleep when his boys left the home Easter morning.

“You’ll be able to’t deal with him like that due to a bag of chips like he killed any person. He’s not a legal,” mentioned Weah.

Walsh maintained that police want higher coaching in coping with youths who come from struggling houses.

The very fact stays, this is able to by no means be performed to a white little one.

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